In keeping with the trend of reduction in poverty in Sri Lanka, the average income levels in nine districts in six provinces exceeded the poverty line of 3072 rupees, in May 2010.
Policy Research & Information Unit of the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka said quoting the Department of Census and Statistics that the poverty line at national level is the minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill basic needs. Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts in the Western Province rank highest above the poverty line by personal expenditures per month of .3423 rupees, 3255 rupees and 3338 rupees respectively. Personal expenditures in the other districts above the poverty level are: Kandy 3148 rupees, Nuwara Eliya 3292 rupees, Galle 3159 rupees, Puttalam 3092 rupees, Badulla 3144 rupees and Kegalle .3145 rupees.
The poverty line at national level rose rapidly since the 2002 level of 1423 rupees. In January this year it was 3087 rupees. These figures do not cover the Northern and Eastern Provinces.